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Michael Gottheil

Executive Chair, Social Justice Tribunals Ontario

Michael Gottheil is the Executive Chair of Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO), a cluster of eight adjudicative tribunals, with jurisdiction ranging from human rights, to residential tenancies, social benefits and disability support, compensation for victims of crime, special education and child and youth service oversight. He previously served as Chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and as Executive Chair of the Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario, the province‘s first tribunal cluster.

Mr. Gottheil is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and began practicing law in 1987, specializing in labour, employment and human rights law. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and seminars, and has written widely on administrative law, institutional design and alternative models of adjudication. He is particularly interested in ways to create both organizational capacity and community partnerships in order to build a robust, accessible and equitable justice system.

Recent access to justice initiatives Mr. Gottheil has been involved with include: Targeted Legal Services, a series of workshops jointly sponsored by SJTO and the Law Society of Upper Canada; Shared Steps, an online public legal information portal; Eviction Diversion, a project which aims to link vulnerable tenants with community supports, and a pilot to hold social assistance hearings out of the Rexdale Community Hub.

Mr. Gottheil is a firm believer in the value of diversity. Through his personal journey as a person with a disability, and his professional perspectives, he has sought to explore and share the rich experiences that connect us all.